What is Float Therapy?
If you have experienced “floating” in a sensory deprivation tank or flotation tank, then you have experienced the therapeutic effects of floating through a solution of water and Epsom salts. These Epsom salts make the water denser, so buoyancy is much easier for users of these flotation tanks. Most people achieve that peaceful state inside the pod because of the Epsom salts. Float therapy, flotation therapy or Reduced Environmental Stimulus Therapy (REST) is an environment with no gravity that gives your body and mind to completely release all that you are feeling, and makes you feel relaxed and “reset.”
The 1000 liter of Epsom salts makes you feel like you are floating in mid-air when you’re floating on that water solution. By removing the gravitational force acting upon your nervous and musculoskeletal system, you can undeniably ease various pain, recover, relax and improve your sleep in this wonderful state. Floatation therapy gives ease and is beneficial to the body and mind which is cumulative – it is created on themselves through each followed session. The more you are floating in a week, the more you feel and get better, as floating already deepens on the first session of people.
Float therapy is a therapy needless of effort, and within each session taken subsequently, your mind and body learn to float in relaxation on its own. Your pain in various areas, stress, and tension accumulated over time will eventually be flattened out by float therapy in a gradual manner. In New York City, Robert Schreyer, a physical therapist and co-owner of Aspire Center for Health and Wellness recommend their patients to undergo float therapy before having an appointment with them. He describes that when his patients are over with the session, their muscles are more at ease, and their communication is much more comprehensive. In another note, he explains that the ability to just “float” is more beneficial to people because he believes it is the best way to detach from everything.
Justin Feinstein, Ph.D., a clinical neuropsychologist in Oklahoma, Tulsa tries to link the floating method to the mental state of humans. He is the director of the Float Clinic and Research Center at Laureate Institute for Brain Research, which is the only lab for floating in United States. Feinstein and his team use waterproof and wireless sensors plus fMRI scans to gather data on the effect of floating on the human brain. Their primary analyses showed stress circuits of the brain shutting down after floating. He explains that there are variables in a combination that makes floating restorative to the human brain.
One factor is the state of near-zero gravity, wherein you are giving a chance for your body to relax. Another one that he emphasized is the reduction of sensory input to the brain from external means like a minimal amount of light, sound, perception, and the feeling of your body placed in space. He further explains that the sensory deprivation from floating is a misnomer. He and his team instead found out from their research that floating is a kind of sensory enhancer, for it gives you the freedom to tune up your own body, especially with your breathing and heart rate. He points out that floating is a great environment for peaceful meditation. He advises everyone who is out of breath that they can enter the floating tank to ease into a state of meditation.